Virginia thinks the world of everyone but herself.
With a larger-than-average body and a medium-sized inferiority complex, Virginia Shreves lives on the Internet, eats junk food and obeys the "Fat Girl Code of Conduct". Her best friend Shannon has moved to Washington. Froggy Welsh the Fourth (real name!) has succeeded in getting his hand up Virginia's shirt, but she lives in fear that he'll look underneath.
Then there are the other Shreves: Mom, exercise fiend and adolescent psychologist; Dad, jet-setter and golfer who ogles skinny women on TV; older siblings Anais and Byron - slim, brilliant and impossible to live up to. Without Virginia, the Shreves are a picture-perfect family ... until a phone call changes everything.